Tennis is a hugely popular sport. It is a sport everyone can play, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their skill to hit the ball further and higher than a forehand or backhand. Most often, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they do not know how to engage the correct muscles for their forehands, and in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due to insufficient knowledge about how to position themselves to hit a strong backhand down the court. This is why these two essential aspects of the game have to be addressed by those who wish to excel at the game.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on your grip. Many beginners make the error of holding their racket in a way that is too loose or tight and end up missing the ball, making poor contact or having their racket slip when they hit the ball. The best way to strike the ball correctly is to hold the racket correctly in the right position.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s path should be straight. As you get closer to the top end of your follow-through, your forehand’s path should curve towards your top. This is referred to as a high arc or cut shot. A low arc or hook will begin with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will determine what type of shots you should be practicing. If you are working on the bank shot technique the forehand swing course will naturally curve towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball whenever you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders are always in contact with the ball which allows your arms to move freely. While you swing, your shoulders must not be able to leave the socket of your racquet. If this happens, it will be very difficult to catch the ball.
When you get close to the ball, make sure to rotate your arm from your side, not your backside. Rotating your arm to the side will weaken the ability of your arm to generate power and generate a good backswing. You need a solid grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip can cause injury. It can cause you miss the ball or cause you overextend your arms. This could result in injuries.
The angle of your stance is an crucial factor to ensure an effective grip. Most tennis players are right handed and have their right arm slung across their bodies. For beginners their left arm is typically carried across their body. Most coaches suggest using a neutral grip or in a similar way to a baseball position. A neutral grip can stop you from swinging with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Forehand tennis players who have an open stance tend to have problems with their forearms. If a player has an open stance forehand they tend to twist their wrists, and they do not have a good grip. A great way to solve this issue is to hold the racket with a neutral grip. Tennis players who have open stance forehands should try to use a closed grip. This can be accomplished by placing the racket on your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who have a dominant hand should move the racket above their head and over their shoulder. The racket should point towards your crotch if you are an right-handed player, and it should face your waist if you are left-handed. This will prevent the swing that is over the head or the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. When you swing, keep your wrists straight, and keep them down your hips, making sure you don’t give either side of your body any room to swing.